The ECHL on Thursday announced its All-ECHL Second Team for 2017-18 as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media, who were asked to select a goaltender, two defensemen and three forwards.
2017-18 All-ECHL Second Team
G – Pat Nagle, Toledo Walleye (48 gp, 36-5-4, 2.15 GAA, .926 save pct.)
D – Eric Knodel, Cincinnati Cyclones (55 gp, 13g, 35a, 48 pts.)
D – Nolan Zajac, Reading Royals (70 gp, 16g, 27a, 43 pts.)
F – Justin Danforth, Cincinnati Cyclones (44 gp, 28g, 31a, 59 pts.)
F – Jesse Schultz, Cincinnati Cyclones (69 gp, 18g, 55a, 73 pts.)
F – Matt Willows, Reading Royals (70 gp, 30g, 39a, 69 pts.)
Pat Nagle of the Toledo Walleye leads the ECHL with 36 wins, ranks second with 2,787 minutes played, third with 1,250 saves, fourth with a 2.15 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage and is tied for fifth with three shutouts. His 36 wins are tied for the third-most in a single-season in ECHL history, and are just two off the all-time mark of 38.
Eric Knodel of the Cincinnati Cyclones is tied for third among league defensemen with 48 points, is tied for fifth with 35 assists and is tied for eighth with 13 goals. Knodel’s 22 power-play assists lead all blueliners while his seven power-play goals are tied for second.
Nolan Zajac of the Reading Royals earns a spot on the All-ECHL Second Team after being named to the All-ECHL Rookie Team in 2016-17. He is tied for second among defensemen with 16 goals and is tied for seventh with 43 points.
Justin Danforth of the Cincinnati Cyclones earns recognition for the second consecutive day after being named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team yesterday. Danforth is second among rookies with 59 points and tied for second with 28 goals despite being recalled to Rochester of the American Hockey League since Feb. 13.
Jesse Schultz of the Cincinnati Cyclones leads the league with 55 assists, 28 power-play assists, and 31 power-play points while his 73 points are second overall.
Matt Willows of the Reading Royals is tied for fifth in the ECHL with 69 points and is tied for eighth with 30 goals while ranking second with 297 shots on goal.
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 27 teams in 21 states and one Canadian province for its 30th season in 2017-18. There have been 641 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 18 who have made their NHL debuts in the 2017-18 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 31 NHL teams in 2017-18, marking the 21st consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Twitter and Facebook.